Massage Boosts the Immune System

Recent studies suggest that a massage can not only help you relax, but may also benefit your immune system.

Researchers who provide massage therapy at the Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic, UAB Rehabilitation Center, identified two reasons why massage can help you stay healthier: immediate changes in the body and cumulative effects of regular massage.

Changes to the body

Immediate changes in the body come from the stress reduction gained during the session. Your heart rate can decrease, your breathing can deepen and slow, your brain gets a few minutes of rest time. There are benefits long term as well:

“Over the long-term, the benefits of massage accumulate; massage can increase a person’s range of motion, strengthen the immune system and provide an improved sense of well-being” A. Kelly, University of Alabama, 2013

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Six Reasons to Try Yoga

It’s not a fad, but a lifestyle. Yoga can have significant positive physical and mental effects for people of all ages.

Yoga is an ancient practice. Originating in IndScreen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.37.57 AMia more than 500 years ago, the term yoga means “to unite”. It’s the journey of learning about yourself and your body that makes yoga more effective for some than just a trip to the gym. 

Yoga uses asanas (postures), focused concentration on specific body parts, and pranayama (breathing techniques) to integrate the body with mind and mind with soul.

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The Mighty Trapezius Muscle

trapsguyblogYou might not know exactly where it is, but you most likely have experienced pain and strain in your Trapezius muscle.  The Trapezius has three areas: upper, middle and lower. The muscle stretches from the top of your neck, out to your shoulders and a little more than half way down the center of your back.

This huge muscle performs many different functions, including moving shoulder blades in toward the spine, rotating and moving shoulder blades up and down, bringing the head and neck backward, and rotating and side bending the neck.  It also assists in breathing, opening up the small amount of breathing room in the upper chest area.

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